Catholic Bishops of Lagos Ecclesiastical Province have called on the Federal Government to check the activities of Yahoo Boys in the country, even as they prayed for a successful general elections.
The Bishops, who met at the Saint Agnes Catholic Church, Maryland, Lagos, in a communiqué jointly signed by His Grace Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos Arch Diocese and Bishop Peter Odetoyinbo of Abeokuta Diocese, charged the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow a level-playing field for all candidates and political parties contesting the 2019 general elections.
“All contesting candidates should be allowed a level playing ground to test their popularity, so that at the end of the day, the will of the majority of Nigerians would prevail at the polls…” the communiqué made available to The Nigerian Xpress stated in part.
The Bishops further charged the security agencies not to allow themselves to be used by any political party to short circuit the electoral process.
On the activities of Yahoo boys, the Bishops expressed sadness over the persistent rise in the activities of the hoodlums which they noted cast fear and apprehension in the minds of law-abiding citizens.
“In this election year, we note with dismay the persistent rise in the incidents of Yahoo boys activities and ritual killings, casting fear and apprehension in the minds of law abiding citizens.
“We, therefore, call on the security agencies saddled with the task of safeguarding the lives and properties of Nigerian citizens to double up their efforts in putting an end to insecurity in the land,” the communiqué further stated.
The Bishops also charged the Federal Government to thoroughly investigate the allegations of corruption in the procurement of arms to fight Boko Haram, insisting that it is only in doing so, that the young men and women who put their lives on the line for the security of the nation would be encouraged.